By jeanne starmack
The city has chosen a consultant to manage a brownfield cleanup for a new steel mill.
Brownfield Restoration Group of Akron was chosen from four bidders last week, said city Administrator Jack Dill.
The state will pay the company a percentage of a $1.9 million grant the city was awarded for the cleanup in May, Dill said. He did not know what that percentage is.
Dill said the company will now write the specifications for the project, which will be at 40 acres of old industrial property along Wilson Avenue. The property is owned by Sherman International, which has said it intends to build a cold-roll coil mill there.
The plant would create 300 jobs.
He said he hopes Brownfield Restoration solicits bids for the cleanup work no later than the second week of August, and the contracts are awarded by the end of August.
He said he does not know how long the cleanup will take.
Oil and other contaminants have to be removed from the soil on the property.
Buildings must be torn down, and asbestos and general waste has to be removed.
Sherman International announced it would build the mill in June 2010.
The company is trying to forge agreements with car companies that would use its steel, said Robert Carcelli, a liaison for the company with the city and the state.